Two bombs targeting a crowd of peace marchers Saturday in the Turkish capital have killed at least 86 people and injured 186 others, Turkey’s health minister said, according to the Associated Press.
The explosions detonated minutes apart at a morning peace rally in Ankara organized by civil society groups, reports said. One video circulating on social media appeared to show a bomb exploding behind a group of demonstrators dancing at a gathering point outside Ankara’s main train station. Another video posted to the Web site of CNN’s Turkish-language service showed surveillance footage of people fleeing a fiery explosion at a public square in the background.
It was unclear if the bombings were suicide attacks or involved explosives detonated remotely, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called an emergency cabinet meeting Saturday, local media said.
Turkey has been hit by a fresh wave of violence as government troops battle ethnic Kurdish separatists waging a guerrilla campaign for more autonomy. The two sides have fought for more than 30 years, but a fragile cease-fire fell apart this summer when a suicide bomber set off his explosives at another rally of peace activists in the ethnic Kurdish town of Suruc on Turkey’s border with Syria.